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Three-Berry Pie with Vanilla Cream

  • Active time:40 min
  • Start to finish: 6 hr (includes making dough and cooling pie)
August 2003
We take full advantage of berry season by combining three kinds in one pie (a dollop of vanilla-infused whipped cream provides the finishing touch).
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries (3/4 to 1 lb)
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (1/2 to 3/4 lb)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (1/2 to 3/4 lb)
  • Pastry dough
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sanding or granulated sugar
  • Special equipment:

    a 9-inch metal or glass pie plate (4-cup capacity)
  • Accompaniment:

  • Put a large baking sheet in middle of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Whisk together granulated sugar, cornstarch, tapioca, and salt, then toss with berries.
  • Roll out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining piece chilled) on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round and fit into pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Chill shell while rolling out dough for top crust.
  • Roll out remaining piece of dough on lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin into an 11-inch round.
  • Spoon filling into shell, then cover pie with pastry round and trim with kitchen shears, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Press edges together, then crimp edge decoratively. Brush top of pie with egg and sprinkle all over with sanding sugar. Cut 3 steam vents in top crust with a small sharp knife.
  • Bake pie on hot baking sheet in middle of oven 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue to bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes more.
  • Cool pie on a rack at least 3 hours before serving to allow juices to thicken slightly (filling will still be juicy).
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